I designed some game mats/playmats for the card game, Arkham Horror and had my designs “Constellations” (aka Dunwich Horror) printed on neoprene and “Dark City” (aka Shadow Over Innsmouth) printed on vinyl/pvc. This is a short video talking about/showing some of the differences between these materials being used as playmats/game mats. I did forget a couple of things so will add them below.
My little Etsy shop where the playmat designs can be purchased:
Neoprene (Constellations playmat, 24×28 inches)
Printed by Inked Gaming (US site)
Pros: Vibrant/excellent color, flexible – can be rolled for storage, won’t crease (not easily), rubber backing, won’t shift, washable, lays flat, easy to pick cards up from.
Cons: Expensive ($101 CAD for me after shipping, duty & dollar conversion). Edges can fray & surface pill over time (much like a mouse pad), not water-proof, chemical smell (eventually fades with time), limitation on sizes.
Vinyl aka PVC (Dark City/ Shadow Over Innsmouth playmat, 36×20 inches)
Printed by Vista Print (Canadian site, but they have a US version too)
Pros: Good color (it matched the artwork perfectly), cheap ($24 CAD after shipping & tax), water-proof (can be wiped), flexible – can be rolled for storage, lays flat, easy to pick cards up, can be printed in very large sizes, can easily trim/cut it to be smaller, and cards slide less due to plastic surface.
Cons: Can crease, doesn’t have rubber backing so surface is hard (can maybe add one?), requires custom sizing (although easy to trim), light-weight. Smaller copy/text is not as sharp.
My current preference (Feb 2019): Neoprene, when I can afford it.
Did you watch till the end?
My pups had wandered into the kitchen near the end of the video, so I thought I’d include them as they like to be part of things 🙂
The boy at the table with me is Eko (a red shiba inu) and the girl ( black & tan shiba inu), is Momo – which is where the name for my store also came from.
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